Glen Cook (born July 9, 1944) is the author of the Black Company series, along with numerous other fantasy and science-fiction novels.

Biography Edit

Glen Cook was born in New York. He lived in southern Indiana as a small child, and later in Northern California. He started writing short stories in 7th grade, and had several published in a high school literary magazine. After graduating from high school he joined the United States Navy where he got much of his inspiration and distinctive voice for the Black Company series. Eventually leaving he went on to work for General Motors where he was employed for 33 years. He met his wife while attending the Clarion Writer's Workshop in 1970. He has three sons and numerous grandchildren. He is currently retired and resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

In a 2006 interview, Cook shared some details about his history and creative process.

Awards Edit

  • Prometheus Award Best Novel Nominee (1986) - A Matter of Time

List of Works Edit

In addition to the Black Company series, Glen Cook has written and published a number of other long running series, as well as several standalone novels and short stories. A list of these can be found below:

Series Edit

All of these series include short stories published in anthologies, and several have been republished in omnibus.

  • The Dread Empire – Dark Fantasy (1979-2012)
  • Garrett P.I. – Modern Fantasy / Detective (1987-2013)
  • Instrumentalities of the Night – Dark Fantasy / Alternative History (2005-2014)
  • Starfishers – Science-Fiction (1973-1985)
  • Darkwar – Science-Fiction (1982-1985)

Standalone novels Edit

  • The Swap Academy (1970 as Greg Stevens) 
  • The Heirs of Babylon (1972)
  • The Swordbearer (1982)
  • A Matter of Time (1985)
  • The Dragon Never Sleeps (1988)
  • The Tower of Fear (1989)
  • Sung in Blood (1992)

Short stories Edit

  • "Silverheels" (1971)
  • "Song from a Forgotten Hill" (1971)
  • "And Dragons in the Sky" (1972)
  • "Appointment in Samarkand" (1972)
  • "The Devil's Tooth" (1974)
  • "In the Wind" (1975)
  • "The Recruiter" (1977)
  • "The Seventh Fool" (1978)
  • "Ponce" (1978)
  • "Enemy Territory" (1983)
  • "The Good Magician" (2010)

Interviews with selected highlights Edit

last year at a convention a guy came in specifically just to meet me. He was in the 5th Special Forces group that was in Iraq before the war actually started, and he had spent a good deal of time in Baghdad. He said the group had one set of Black Company books, and they fought each other over those books more than they fought the Iraqis.
  • 2002 February interview with Quantum Muse at Boskone 39: External link
The cover of The Black Company was a cover somebody made up for me. It was just an example. The marketing guy absolutely didn't want it. But, while it was on his desk, a buyer from a large chain bookstore came in and, not knowing anything about the book, said "I'll buy fifty thousand copies of anything with that on the cover," so they went with it.
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